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Introduction

Shoreham Aerodrome was opened in 1910, making it the longest established airport in the country. The 1934-5 terminal building with its 'fly-in bar & restaurant' was an immediate contemporary of Embassy Court and the De La Warr Pavilion and shares the same streamlined modernist design, preserving many original art deco features.

Jackie Wills, formerly poet in residence with Lever Faberge, whose father was an amateur flyer, used her residency at Shoreham Airport to revisit personal memories and explore anew the magical language of aviation and the captivating hold it had on imaginations in the twentieth century.

The poems resulting from the residency were given their first public reading during Architecture Week at a packed Shoreham Arts Club event in the airport's terminal building as part of the Adur Festival 2002.

 
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